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Good Guy

(Rookie Rebels #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  743 ratings  ·  237 reviews
He's a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She's a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She's also his best friend's widow...

Fans cant get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Kate Meader LLC
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Levi Hunt Stars

Good Guy was my first time reading Kate Meader, and I really liked it. Though this can be read as a standalone novel, It was very evident that this was a spin off series. In the first few chapters I felt like that friend that tagged along to a party were everyone knows everyone, and I was the outsider. It didn't bother me though, it just made me want to go read their books(which I totally will be doing) so that I know them better. Levi, OMG he was just so yummy. I fell madly
4 Sunshine Stars

As a young hockey player on the cusp of turning pro, Levi Hunt made a difficult decision. He put aside his dream of playing in the NHL in return for joining the army and fighting for his county. Now a decade later, with a stint as a Green Beret behind him, Levis poised to make his debut with the Chicago Rebels as the oldest NHL rookie. Feeling like everythings finally coming together for him, Levi is ready to work his butt off and do whatever the Rebels ask of him. Until a blast
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Kate Meader
SERIES: Rookie Rebels
RELEASE DATE: July 30 2019
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG (live on July 30)

Kate Meader's books are like a box of chocolates. You know what you'll get but you'll still be delighted at how good they are. I don't think there has been a hero, written by her that I disliked - her heroes are all awesome. She addresses matters that concern all of us in her stories giving them
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
he was head over skates for her.

I adored Kate's Chicago Rebels books and was super bummed to see that series come to an end. It became my go-to when I wanted a fun and sexy hockey romance. So when I saw that she's writing a spin-off series I jumped on it quicker than you can say "puck". What? Too cheesy? Whatever. You get what I'm saying here, ok?! But whatever. I digress. My point here is I was uber excited for a brand new sports series from one of my favorite authors. Plus have
So maybe I read this too soon after wrapping the original series, maybe I shouldve given that space.. and maybe I should round up my review of HOOKED ON YOU. Because GOOD GUY? Wasnt great for me.

I think this storys biggest downfall is its just trying to unpack a lot of things. Grief, death of a spouse, a rough upbringing, a desire to give back, sexism in the workplace, misogyny in general, internet culture, conflict of interest relationship, a sorta-but-not-really second chance romance if we
Kate Meader
Jul 10, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
About GOOD GUY and this new series of hockey romances:

A spin-off series from my bestselling Chicago Rebels hockey romances, the Rookie Rebels feature "rookie" heroes but not in the way you might expect. No green, fresh-out-of-college man babies here! These guys have had their NHL careers put on hold for a reason, such as military service, life-threatening injury, or unspeakable tragedy. Their second acts and roads to redemption will be with everyone's favorite hockey team, the Chicago Rebels!

Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
4.5 Stars

Levi is a rookie on the Chicago Rebels team, an older one since he opted to go into service in Special Forces instead of immediately playing on a profession hockey team. Now nine years later hes been hired onto the Chicago Rebels hockey team. Everyone wants his story, but he is a very private person and doesnt feel like much should be made of his service in Special Forces. Levi suffers a bit from survivors guilt since his best friend, Josh didnt make it out. Teaming up with Joshs widow,
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, broody, 2019
Kate Meader brings us a new series set in the same world as her Chicago Rebels world. Our first main couple is Levi Hunt and Jordan Cooke.

Good Guy is all about a second chance. Levi and Jordan are both given a second chance at a career. Levi with an NHL career with the Chicago Rebels after his stint as a Green Beret. Jordan, a sports journalist after she set it aside to be a young bride. And 5 years after losing her husband, Jordan and Levi are given a second chance at love.

Levis decision to
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
I admit Ive never been a big fan of female journalist leads and tend to approach those books with a hefty dose of trepidation. Astonishingly enough....Meader actually made me like a female journalist! Jordan has ETHICS!! And...nope, Ill get carried away if I go that route... Ill just say I was seriously impressed with Jordan. Because I was. She was hilarious, had a sunny disposition, she was smart and again, the whole ethics thing was a big glowing arrow pointing in her direction. Not that Levi ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sassy, steamy, and sexy!

Good Guy is a second-chance, hockey romance featuring the humble, publicity magnet, Levi Hunt who after having a harrowing career in the Green Berets becomes the oldest rookie in the NHL, and the spunky, tenacious widow, Jordan Cooke who may have to decide what's more important the feelings of her late husband's best friend or the opportunity at the career she's always wanted.

The writing is crisp and fervent. The characters are charismatic, intriguing, and endearing. And
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
4.5 stars

At 30 years old, Levi Hunt is the oldest rookie in the NHL. After college, instead of going to the NHL he decided to join the military. Levi then spent nine years being a Green Beret. Now that he's served his country, he's ready to get back on the ice. Pure luck and player injuries land Levi in Chicago as a center for the Chicago Rebels. Levi now finds himself as the it man and everyone wants to interview him. Levi is happy to talk hockey, but his life before hockey and his time in the
This is a great spin off from the Chicago Rebels series. This book continues with the same Rebels' hockey team.
The hero is Levi Hunt, an army hero who's back from serving his country.
Jordan is a sports journalist, the widow of Levi's best friend Josh.
Jordan has always felt some hostility from Levi. In reality, Levi has always been attracted to Jordan, but but has kept quiet out of respect for his late friend Josh.
Jordan gets an assignment to do a story on Levi going from the Navy Seals
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Ive really enjoyed all of Kate Meaders Chicago Rebels series and this is a new series in the same team, so Im not sure why this is a different series name, but I was down with more from this context. If you too have enjoyed the Chicago Rebels, you will enjoy the familiarity of the management, characters and team.

GOOD GUY was about the oldest rookie in hockey. Levi was out of the special forces (Green Berets) and back to hockey which was his plan before he enlisted out of college. Now in his
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
This is a really hard review for me to write, I loved the Chicago Rebels series so I was excited that author Kate Meader was going to continue in that world, and while I liked certain aspects of this story there were quite a few that didnt work for me. There is no doubt this was a complex story which Ms. Meader is known for, but I felt there were so many different story lines going on that the romance and relationship between the hero and heroine was an afterthought. That being said, there was ...more
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly, missy
I was so excited to read Kate Meaders Good Guy, book one in the new Rookie Rebels series! Its a spin-off of the excellent Chicago Rebels series and also a smidge of a cross over with the fantastic Hot in Chicago series! And holy moly, I loved catching up with old friends and meeting Jordan and Levi!

I loved Jordan from the start. Shes been through hell, but shes strong, sassy, smart and knows where shes going and what she wants in life. Its time for her to shine as a hockey journalistand shes got
Ivy Deluca

I liked this. I didnt love it though, and that was mostly because I wasnt invested in the connection between Levi and Jordan. I actually liked them individually, I enjoyed their personal journeys and I really appreciated a glimpse that the things women reporters have to go through in male-dominated sports.

I think it was the fact that I didnt quite buy into Jordans feelings for Levi. I think there was a bit of repetitiveness when the story dove into the obstacles facing these two, and ultimately
Kate Meader launches her Rookie Rebels series with this touching story of Green Beret veteran who is making his NHL debut and the beautiful reporter who has resolved to get his story.

After proudly serving his country, Levi Hunt thought he was prepared to take on the NHL. He loves the sport and appreciates the opportunity the Chicago Rebels have provided. Hes just not on board with giving full access to his personal life to the media, much less his best friends widow and the woman hes loved from
Good Guy combines forbidden attraction, hockey and a reporter desperately using anything she can to get a scoop on the latest (and oldest) rookies life, with a little bit of a twist. But Kate Meader is a near-auto read for me most of the time and this spin-off from her popular Chicago Rebels series brings them all together again, albeit a few years down the road on an unusual premise to start.

Much of the story deals with Jordan following Levi Hunt and the team around in order to get a read on
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read from Kate Meader. It is a spin-off of the Chicago Rebels series. You dont need to read that series to be able to enjoy this story. Jordan is a reporter and Levi is an ex-green beret that has now turned into an NHL rookie. They have a past that comes into play and could possibly affect their future. It had some steamy love scenes. It is a good read for fans of sports romance.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was a bit sad, when the Chicago Rebels series ended. Therefore, I am ecstatic to be back in this world with Meader's new series.


Jordan - A widowed sports reporter, who was hoping to make a major splash in the Chicago hockey scene

Levi - A former Green Beret and the oldest rookie in the NHL, who also happened to have been the best friend of Jordan's deceased husband


Jordan was selected from a large pool of sports writers to profile Levi due to her connection to him, but there was more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.

I 100% appreciated that besides the romance, this story tried to deal with a very relevant topic of sexual harassment and misogyny in a male-dominated sports environment (and dealing with it quite decently, I might add). I thought this added another interesting layer to the story and showed that even the titular "good guy" can be an asshole at times, not to mention blind to certain realities of being a woman.

But that doesn't mean he cannot learn. And I liked that
So excited about a NEW Kate Meader series and this one totally lived up to my expectations! I love a good hockey romance and Kate delivers! I love that the heroine is a strong woman. And the way their relationship came together was really well done - their history wasn't ignored, they dealt with the past but moved forward together in an interesting way. Can't wait to see what is to come with the series!
Kate R
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Good Guy is the first book in Kate Meaders new series, Rookie Rebels. It is a spinoff of the Chicago Rebels series. I have not read any in the Chicago Rebels series and didnt feel confused at all. Several characters from the original series show up in this one, but they are explained quite well.

This book focuses on Levi and Jordan. Levi is a Special Forces veteran, who is now a rookie on the Chicago Rebels hockey team. Jordan is a sports journalist, who also happens to be Levis best friends
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

Rookie Rebels #1, Yay Kate Meader!!! I am happy there are more Rebels, I love Kate Meader's books.

Levi Hunt truly is a good guy a former Green Beret a talented hockey play who could have gone pro but instead enlisted when he got out despite his age NHL and the Rebels called. All Levi wanted to do was leave his life the Special Forces behind him, he didn't want a lot of publicity only doing the obligatory interviews when needed, but then the bosses tell him a reporter is going to be
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's a new season for the Chicago Rebels and a new chance for Levi Hunt, who after putting his career on hold to serve his country for a decade, is back and now a rookie hockey player. Levi is there for the sport, for the team work. He doesn't care for the fame or the cameras. In fact, he would be happier not having to deal with the press and not talking about the past. Unfortunately for Mr. broody, silent type, the sport reporter who's working on a profile about him is a woman from his
I didn't like this at all. The heroine didn't work for me and not the romance either. The heroine seemed too selfish and self-centred.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
So I was pretty much all in for this romance until I hit the last quarter or so, and it devolved from there. I loved the romance and how tenderly the aspect of Jordan being Levi's best friend's widow was handled. While a big part of the plot, it wasn't really angsty and overwrought. Levi has always been in love with Jordan, she was firmly in love with her husband, he died, and it is now five years later and she is ready for her life and finding new love.

Okay, romance is great, check. That said,
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sports-romance
The Good: Kate Meader has a Chicago Rebels spin-off with a cross-over with the Chicago Dempseys! So much fun visiting old friends like Remy and Harper from Irresistible You and Kinsey from Flirting with Fire (although I really wanted to see my fave couple, Alex and Eli).

The Not-So-Bad: the new crew of hot hockey players stole the show from main couple Levi and Jordan. I can't wait for Theo "Superglutes" Kershaw's story - he and Elle were sparking like crazy. I really enjoyed the Chicago Rebels
Ann Lorz
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I can't tell you how much I'm thrilled that we will have more Rebel books by Kate Meader. I loved the first series and this second one started off with a bang. With the Rookie Rebels series will get a new bunch of hockey players that makes us want to play on the ice too.

I have to tell you that I just loved Levi. He's such a sweet guy even if he doesn't show it right away. You figure that out pretty quick when his
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in2019
2.5 stars
I think I've decided that famous people + journalist is a very specific trope that very specifically doesn't work for me.
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“Levi Hunt was six feet three of Special Forces badassery, his body a honed weapon, his gaze sharp enough to fell the enemy or a weak-willed woman at fifty paces. Objectively, she'd recognized this when she first met him. He had a gruff, dangerous quality that would appeal to many.

She had never considered herself one of them.”
“Her heart checked for him. That night after Josh's funeral, he'd been the consummate listener. Just watching, taking her cues, waiting for her to open up about her pain, and not indulging in what must have been his own.

Then she took advantage by eating his face off.”
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